Sheep can feed nearly anywhere and provide us with both food and fiber. Sheep are also used to help control underbrush which helps to prevent forest fires.Learn more
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- Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Poison hemlock, a poisonous plant that can cause death in livestock, is especially toxic in spring, says Gatlin Bunton, University of Missouri Extension field specialist in agronomy.It can also cause birth defects in the offspring ...
- Published: Friday, June 7, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There’s a new guard dog in town. And it’s more likely to bray than bark.A growing number of sheep and goat farmers are using donkeys to keep predators at bay, says Charlotte Clifford-Rathert, small-ruminant specialist at ...
- Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
NEW LONDON, Mo.– Spring is here, but parts of Missouri still aren’t through with winter weather.A University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist notes that snow makes it harder for animals to find available forage, and cold weather ...
- Published: Monday, Oct. 20, 2008
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - High commodity prices provide an opportunity for landowners to increase their income by converting pasture to crop production. This has created urgency among cattlemen to secure grazing land for their cattle and other livestock, ...
Publication date: May 1, 2022
To access and purchase local meat, consumers have choices. One option is to buy a live animal from a livestock producer and have that animal processed at a custom-exempt, state-inspected or federally inspected facility. Rather than purchase a whole ...
Publication date: April 15, 2022
A constant supply of clean fresh water is essential to an efficient livestock operation. A system providing water that is neither too cold in winter nor too warm in summer will promote increased consumption and result in better animal performance.The ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2021
Figure 1. Missouri cattle graze on cereal rye in early spring. (Credit: Alan Weber)Cover crop planting is becoming increasingly common in Missouri, practiced on 840,000 acres in 2017, more than double the acreage in 2012. While cover crops have been ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2021
The sheep budget is designed to reflect the economic costs and returns of a 50 ewe, winter lambing flock (December/January) with lambs marketed between 60 to 70 pounds in April/May. This management system takes advantage of expected seasonally high ...
Publication date: Oct. 1, 2021
This ewe flock budget shows economic cost and return estimates for a forage based production system birthing lambs in the spring and raising them on pasture until early winter, targeting holiday markets. Farmers are encouraged to modify this budget ...
A budgeting tool to estimate economic costs and returns of a 50 ewe, winter lambing flock (December/January) with lambs marketed between 60 to 70 pounds in April/May.
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